As happened last month I just haven’t had the time to do the huge newsletter you’re used to (and I suspect it was TOO big anyway) so I’m going to go through the publishers and point out the new and noteworthy listings as best I can.
Some of the codes and abbreviations that I use are: HC (hard cover), TP (trade paperback), SC (soft cover), GN (graphic novel), MMPB (mass market paperback), AF (action figure), T/C (trading cards), T/S (tee shirt) and ☼(an excellent writer, creator or title deserving wider recognition in my humble opinion).
By the way, besides the monthly Previews catalog there is also an ‘Adult Supplement’ for the ‘adults only’ comics, books and videos. If any adults are interested in seeing what’s available please send me an email and I will send you a pdf formatted copy of this month’s adult catalog.
DARK HORSE: Many years ago Dark Horse started a super hero universe called ‘Comics Greatest World’; one character, Barb Wire had a movie but other than her the only characters still viable are Ghost and ‘X’. ‘X’, a violent vigilante had a serialized tale in Dark Horse Presents recently and now NYT best selling crime novelist Duane Swierczynski writes X #1 OF 4 with art by Eric Nguyen. And speaking of violence, MICHAEL AVON OEMING’S THE VICTORIES: TRANSHUMAN #1 begins an ongoing series spinning out of the inaugural five part limited series that ended recently; Michael writes and illustrates. Alex Ross provides the cover for DREAM THIEF #1 OF 5 written by Jai Nitz with art by Greg Smallwood; this is a story about retribution when John Lincoln steals an Aboriginal mask and finds the vengeful spirits taking control of him in his sleep. Dean Motter returns to his enigmatic creation in MISTER X: EVICTION #1 OF 3. AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER-THE SEARCH PART TWO TP is the fourth book spinning out of the popular animated series. Timothy Truman writes and Tomás Giorello illustrates KING CONAN: HOUR OF THE DRAGON #1 OF 6. AKANEIRO #1 OF 3 is based on the new game by American McGee’s Spicy Horse Games. B.P.R.D. HELL ON EARTH: WASTELAND #1 OF 3 is written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi with art by Laurence Campbell and Mike and John also write the one shot, ☼LOBSTER JOHNSON: SATAN SMELLS A RAT with art by Kevin Nowlan (!). ☼EDGAR ALLAN POE’S THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER #1 OF 2 is a new adaptation of the classic story by the creator that can do it best, Richard Corben. The ☼FAGIN THE JEW 10TH ANNIVERSARY HC collects Will Eisner’s retelling of the life of the Charles Dickens character.
DC: Two new series inspired by the Occupy movement, THE GREEN TEAM: TEEN TRILLIONAIRES #1 is by Art Baltazar and Franco with art by Ig Guara and deals with the financing of world changing projects and ideas and☼THE MOVEMENT #1 written by Gail Simone with art by Freddie Williams II is about a citizens’ army (Anonymous?) who confronts and pushes back against those who prey on the homeless, poverty-stricken and powerless. JUSTICE LEAGUE #20 continues the prologue to the Trinity War, FLASH #20 begins a new story with the Scarlet Speedster in battle with the Reverse Flash and THE FURY OF FIRESTORM: THE NUCLEAR MAN #20, TEAM 7 #8, DEATHSTROKE #20, THE RAVAGERS #12 and THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN #20 are the final issues of those series. GREEN LANTERN #20 is a sixty four page finale to the ‘Wrath of the First Lantern’ cross over and the final issue of Geoff Johns’ long run on the title. ☼HARLAN ELLISON’S 7 AGAINST CHAOS HC is a tale of the fabric of reality unraveling in Earth’s distant future and the seven people who try to ensure the planet’s survival; it’s over two hundred pages and is illustrated by the brilliant Paul Chadwick of ‘Concrete’ fame. The ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #1 features two stories by writers Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston and Jeff Parker with art by Chris Sprouse, Karl Story and Chris Samnee. The SMALLVILLE: SEASON 11 SPECIAL #1 focuses on Martian Manhunter and guest stars Batman and Nightwing. Four hard cover collections deserving the format are offered with ☼BEFORE WATCHMEN: OZYMANDIAS/CRIMSON CORSAIR DELUXE EDITION HC which includes the ‘Dollar Bill’ one shot, ☼BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN/SILK SPECTRE DELUXE EDITION HC, ☼BEFORE WATCHMEN: COMEDIAN/RORSCHACH DELIXE EDITION HC and ☼BEFORE WATCHMEN: NITE OWL/DR. MANHATTAN DELUXE EDITION HC which includes the two part ‘Moloch’ story. The MASTERS OF THE UNIVERE: THE ORIGIN OF HORDAK is written by Keith Giffen and Brian Keene and illustrated by Keith and Scott Koblish. Now that Scott Snyder has finished his run on Swamp Thing he starts a new series at DC’s mature readers imprint with ☼THE WAKE #1 OF 10, a horror epic in the depths of the Arctic Circle illustrated by Sean Murphy(!); with such a stellar team this will have to be my Pick of the Month for March. Also from Vertigo Grant Morrison’s entire twenty six issue run is collected in the ANIMAL MAN OMNIBUS HC and the PROMETHEA: THE IMMATERIA EDITION HC gathers the entire thirty two issue run of the Alan Moore series with art by J.H. Williams III, Mick Gray and Charles Vess.
IDW: John Byrne writes and illustrates DOOMSDAY.1 #1 OF 4; older fans will recognize this as a harkening to one of Byrne’s first works in the comic medium. HALF PAST DANGER #1 OF 6 is written and illustrated by Stephen Mooney as Staff Sergeant Tommy ‘Irish’ Flynn stumbles upon monsters long thought extinct on a remote island in the South Pacific in 1943. In the surprisingly hot MY LITTLE PONY series, the regular issue hits number seven, the first four issues is offered as the MY LITTLE PONY VOLUME #1: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC TP and the micro series reaches issue four of six which will focus on Fluttershy. In the world of robots in disguise the three regular series continue plus a one shot, TRANSFORMERS SPOTLIGHT: HOIST and a new limited series, TRANSFORMERS PRIME: BEAST HUNTERS #1. The MACHINE WITCHES HC collects images of all the (totally sold out) work from Ashley Wood’s fine art gallery show in NYC last fall. IDW also offers the TARZAN: THE COMPLETE RUSS MANNING NEWSPAPER STRIPS VOLUME #1: 1967-1969; with inkers Bill Stout, Mike Royer and Dave Stevens this begins the gathering of the 26 original Sunday story lines and the seven story lines he created for the daily papers.
IMAGE: The long defunct imprint ‘Joe’s Comics’ returns to Image with ☼TEN GRAND #1, a new series written by Joseph Michael Straczynski with art by Ben Templesmith. It’s a supernatural crime story with a mob enforcer unwillingly taking jobs in the hopes of spending five more minutes with his deceased wife. ☼THE BOUNCE #1 gives a pretty good idea of the powers of the lead character, Jasper Jenkins, a twenty one year old, stoner/slacker super hero billed as the ‘feel good hero of the decade’ written by Joe Casey with art by David Messina. A new science fiction series from Nathan Edmondson with art by Konstantin Novosadov tells of an adopted boy and the connection between his dreams and a harsh reality in THE DREAM MERCHANT #1 OF 6. Any of you who ignored my recommendation of ‘Bedlam’ issue one as the pick of the month in my August newsletter gets another chance: the ☼BEDLAM TP #1 collects the first six issues for just ten bucks. It’s by Nick Spencer with the art of Riley Rossmo and covers by Frazier Irving. Another past pick of the month begins ‘season two’ with the double sized ☼MORNING GLORIES #27.
MARVEL: SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #9 is titled ‘Superior No More’ while issue ten is titled ‘It Begins Here’ so I would guess that rumors of Peter Parker’s death were greatly exaggerated. IRON MAN #9 and #10 lead into this years’ big story and you can probably guess it as well as I can. There is also the ‘Armor Wars 2’ tale written and illustrated by the folks that brought us the first Armor Wars, David Michelinie and Bob Layton; this story will be IRON MAN #258.1 through IRON MAN #258.4. And IRON MAN: THE COMING OF THE MELTER reprints Iron Man #72 by Christos Gage with Ron Lim’s art; if they’re reprinting this do you think the Melter will appear in the film? AVENGERS: THE ENEMY WITHIN #1 begins a four part story written by Kelly Sue DeConnick with art by Scott Hepburn which will be a cross over between the ‘Avengers Assemble’ and the ‘Captain Marvel’ series through June and July. DARK AVENGERS #190 by Jeff Parker and Neil Edwards will be the final issue of the series. ☼HAWKEYE #11 by Matt Fraction and David Aja is totally told from Pizza Dog’s point of view. CAPTAIN UNIVERSE: THE HERO WHO COULD BE YOU #1 reprints more than one hundred pages of previous appearances as the cosmic hero empowers an astronaut, twin sisters, a burglar, a troubled teen, a toddler, Spider-Man’s college professor and a dog. Marvel’s creator owned Icon imprint publishes the highest quality books from the company in my humble opinion; this month they offer ☼POWERS BUREAU #4 by Bendis and Oeming, ☼KICK-ASS 3 #1 OF 8 by Millar and Romita Jr. and, my favorite Marvel series ☼SCARLET #8 by Bendis and Alex Maleev. The PACIFIC RIM: TALES FROM YEAR ZERO PREMIERE HC is the prequel to the Buillermo del Toro film opening in theaters in mid July. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN VOLUME #1: MY OWN WORST ENEMY TP collects the first five issues as does the THOR: GOD OF THUNDER VOLUME #1: THE GOD BUTHER PREMIERE HC. WOLVERINE: FIRST CUTS TP collects a bunch of stories defining the character in preparation for ‘The Wolverine’ film which opens in theaters in late July and the first ten issues get a new printing in the SPIDER-MAN 2099 VOLUME #1 TP. The MARVEL NOIR: DAREDEVIL/CAGE/IRON MAN TP collects all three of these four part series while MARVEL NOIR: SPIDER-MAN/PUNISHER TP collects the four part Punisher series and two four part Spider-Man series.
INDIES: ☼Jim Rugg is a creator that I’ve watched ever since his collaboration on the ‘Street Angel’ series; the SUPERMAG GN from ADHOUSE BOOKS is a magazine sized showcase of his most recent works and projects.ANTARCTIC PRESS offers a new one shot from Richard Moore entitled ☼MACABRE #1 and they also continue their fascination with the steampunk genre offering Rod Espinosa’s ☼STEAMPUNK SNOW WHITE and another pin up special: VICTORIAN SECRETS: GIRLS OF STEAMPUNK SUMMER SPECIAL. ARCHAIA ENTERTAINMENT offers the much anticipated ☼MOUSE GUARD: LEGENDS OF THE GUARD VOLUME 2 #1 where a variety of top creators tell stories taking place in David Petersen’s Eisner Award winning universe, this issue featuring David Petersen, Stan Sakai, Ben Caldwell and more. Douglas Paskiewicz’ long running dark humor series has a new, self published one shot:☼ARSENIC LULLABY: THE BIG STALL, ASPEN STUDIOS offers CHARISMAGIC #1 with the first issue just one dollar and, I’m sad to see that ☼DAN THE UNHARMABLE #12 from AVATAR PRESS will be the final issue of this wonderful and disturbing series by David Lapham and Rafael Ortiz. AUTOMATIC PICTURES offers ☼HATTER M: THE LOOKING GLASS WARS VOLUME 4: ZEN TP continuing the graphic novel series; Frank, who you may have met in my shop a couple of years back, tells his intriguing interpretation of the series in novel form, in graphic novels and in companion film and video game formats. BLACK MASK COMICS is Steve Niles’ new comic company; this month they have 12 REASONS TO DIE #1, a crime/horror title written by Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah and produced by RZA as well as ☼OCCUPY COMICS #1 featuring more than fifty comic pros including Alan Moore (!), David Lloyd, Art Spiegelman and Charlie Adlard using comics to discuss, document and record history as it’s being made. BOOM! STUDIOS releases the 2 GUNS: SECOND SHOT TP collecting the limited series in anticipation of the upcoming film starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. A new, original and ongoing series created and written by Mike (‘Lucifer’, ‘X-Men’, ‘The Unwritten’) Carey with art by Elena Casgrande is titled ☼SUICIDE RISK #1; although ostensibly another super hero, super villain series, like most of Mike’s work there is an underlying metaphorical content deeper than the action that pulls the reader in. As the villains outnumber the heroes a dozen to one, the tag line, ‘When there are only villains, being a hero makes you a suicide risk’ portends the scope of the series. Also Clive Barker creates and writes his first original comic series; ☼NEW GENESIS #1 OF 12 which will be scripted by Mark Miller and illustrated by Haemi Jang. It involves a successful businessman who leaves it all behind and, in doing so meets Wick, who claims to be God. The studio’s all age imprint, KaBOOM! offers the first ADVENTURE TIME ANNUAL #1 as well as issue sixteen, the fifth issue of the six part Fionna & Cake limited series, the ADVENTURE TIME: MARCELINE AND THE SCREAM QUEENS TP and the second issue of the REGULAR SHOW. ONI PRESS offers the☼WARS IN TOYLAND HC; written by Joe Harris with art by Adam Pollina this is an all age fantasy about toy soldiers running rampant under poor leadership and one boys’ efforts to rescue his brother from their machinations. CAPOTE IN KANSAS is a black and white hard cover graphic novel written by Ande Parks with art by Chris Samnee, a fictionalized tale of Truman Capote’s time spent in middle America researching what would become ‘In Cold Blood’.PICTUREBOX offers the WALRUS HC, a collection of Brandon Graham’s early work and sketchbook comics from 2009 through 2012. SEVEN SEAS has AMAZING AGENT LUNA GN #9 by DeFilipis and Weir with Shiei’s art; hopefully the new volume will prompt the company to bring the middle volumes back to print. THE SAGA OF PANDORA ZWIEBACK ANNUAL #1 is the first comic adventure for the goth amateur monster hunter and star of the young adult novel series written by Steven A. Roman and published by STARWARP CONCEPTS. British publisher, TITAN COMICS offers NUMBERCRUNCHER #1 OF 4 written by Simon Spurrier with art by P. J. Holden about a mathematician who finds a way to cheat the Divine Calculator. VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT offers ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #0 and SHADOWMAN #0 this month telling the secret origins and they’re also reprinting first issues of their five main titles for just one dollar each so if you’ve been thinking about trying out this reimagined universe, this is a good time to do so. ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT continues their ‘Unleashed’ crossover event crossing into GRIMM FAIRY TALES #85 and VAMPIRES: THE ETERNAL #2 OF 3 as well as new series’ WEREWOLVES: THE HUNGER #1 OF 3 and HUNTERS: THE SHADOWLANDS #1 OF 5. A new prequel trilogy begins too, with WONDERLAND: DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE #1 OF 5. Also new is ROBYN HOOD: WANTED #1 OF 5 and the third action figure tied to the Grimm Universe is offered; the QUEEN OF HEARTS ACTION FIGURE from the Clayton S. Moore Studio. And that’s the small press from Adhouse to Zenescope. There’s lots of other stuff in the monthly catalog (like the Galactus bottle opener), tee shirts, statues, cards, games, posters and novelties and there’s always a copy of the catalog available for your perusal at the shop; come by and look through it anytime.
Thank you for your years of friendship and support; hope to see you on Wednesday!